President Trump has tapped a veteran federal agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who helped in the effort to capture Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be the next US marshal in Rhode Island.

In an advisory Monday, the White House said Trump had nominated Wing Chau as the next US marshal for the District of Rhode Island, replacing Jamie A. Hainsworth, whose term is up.

Chau’s appointment to the four-year term is subject to Senate confirmation.

In August, Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both Democrats, praised Chau, a senior special agent with the ATF.


“Special Agent Chau is an experienced law enforcement officer who has shown strong commitment to Rhode Island and led important, sensitive investigations,” the lawmakers said in an August statement. “We are glad to see the Senate take up his nomination. We also thank Marshal Hainsworth for his outstanding service and wish him the very best.”

According to the senators, Chau grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Central High School in Providence, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.

The senators’ release also detailed Chau’s decorated career in law enforcement.

“Chau began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a capitol police officer for the state of Rhode Island,” the statement said. “In 1994, he joined federal law enforcement, working for the U.S. Border Patrol and then the ATF. During his 20 years as an ATF Special Agent, Chau has taken part in a range of criminal investigations of gang activity, violent criminals, and domestic and international terrorist organizations. He served as Acting Special Agent in Charge in the Rhode Island ATF office during 9/11, and helped in the effort to track and apprehend the Boston Marathon bomber in 2013.”

The US Marshals Service has a broad range of duties, including tracking down federal fugitives and transporting federal detainees to and from court.


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